World Battlefronts: Mud and Clear Skies

As an invasion, the U.S. descent upon the Philippines was still a sensational success. But as a continuing military operation it gave every sign last week of being definitely behind schedule. The battle for Leyte, now wallowing along in the tropical rainy season (which will last for at least two more months), had settled down to a dogged slugging match in the mud.

With Leyte still unconquered, Luzon seemed farther away than it had in the first steamroller phases of the Leyte invasion. Manila was only 330 miles to the north, but any rosy...

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